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 Posted: Tue Oct 2nd, 2018 12:49 pm
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Coaching kids sports is tough. It seems today like every parent thinks that if they work hard and hone their craft, then little Johnny and little Jenny can get an NCAA scholarship. The odds are so far against such a thing that it doesn't warrant any concern for the overwhelming majority of grade school kids. The way some parents ride their kids and the coach is wrong.

Baseball is a tough kids sport because it seems like the disparity of talent and skill gets magnified. A basketball team that has a some kids who aren't good, can keep the ball with the good ones. The same with football really. Plus in football you can run the ball to keep the clock moving while in basketball for young kids there's no shot clock so you can slow down things to keep the score in check. With baseball, everyone is going to get to bat and you can't help it if the ball gets hit to or must be thrown to a bad player.

There are also so many unwritten rules and so much unspoken etiquette in baseball. Kids in grade school haven't learned that stuff and there are pros who still get fouled up on certain points. I was taught that if a team is up by big runs and the lead is insurmountable, then the base stealing should stop. Taking bases on passed balls, poor fielding or fielding errors is not a problem. That said, if an opposing coach has a problem, getting angry with someone does no good. It's better to politely go to the opposing coach and ask if they can come to an arrangement for lack of a better term.

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tamalie wrote: Coaching kids sports is tough. It seems today like every parent thinks that if they work hard and hone their craft, then little Johnny and little Jenny can get an NCAA scholarship. The odds are so far against such a thing that it doesn't warrant any concern for the overwhelming majority of grade school kids. The way some parents ride their kids and the coach is wrong.

Baseball is a tough kids sport because it seems like the disparity of talent and skill gets magnified. A basketball team that has a some kids who aren't good, can keep the ball with the good ones. The same with football really. Plus in football you can run the ball to keep the clock moving while in basketball for young kids there's no shot clock so you can slow down things to keep the score in check. With baseball, everyone is going to get to bat and you can't help it if the ball gets hit to or must be thrown to a bad player.

There are also so many unwritten rules and so much unspoken etiquette in baseball. Kids in grade school haven't learned that stuff and there are pros who still get fouled up on certain points. I was taught that if a team is up by big runs and the lead is insurmountable, then the base stealing should stop. Taking bases on passed balls, poor fielding or fielding errors is not a problem. That said, if an opposing coach has a problem, getting angry with someone does no good. It's better to politely go to the opposing coach and ask if they can come to an arrangement for lack of a better term.
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 Posted: Mon Oct 8th, 2018 08:09 pm
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Worst "job" I ever had, hands down, was a youth baseball umpire in 1995. I lasted 4 weeks (and week 3 was my "bye week"). Kids ages 8-12. Working the field wasn't bad, but when I was behind home plate it was terrible. Every call you made was instantly argued. If a ball, someone screamed strike. If a strike, someone screamed ball. You couldn't win.

I was only 21, so probably didn't have the best demeanor for it. The last week, I showed up and had to work 3 games in a row, solo. The other guy who was supposed to help me quit without notice and didn't show.

I screwed up one call and admitted to it. A coach challenged me to a fight, because of that. At the end of the inning, I called a kid out at home on a clean tag from the catcher, then turned and yelled at the coach: "do we agree?!!"

I had to postpone the last game because of high wind. A mom got in my face and said: "you just want to cancel this game so you can go drink beer and get drunk", then spit on me. I said something like: "thanks for coming out! Drive safely".

The kids were fine and respectful to me, but the parents were complete bloodthirsty assholes. I mailed a resignation letter to the umpire coordinator the next morning. I'd rather have rectal bleeding than umpire youth baseball, again.

That fall I got a gig coaching offensive line for a high school. Enjoyed that....even though the head coach always called me "Coach K"...which made no sense. I figured I'd only get to hold the down markers or something, but he immediately introduced me as THE offensive line coach, as soon as I showed up, so I went with it. Also got paid, which didn't hurt at all.

I had to quit playing football 4 years earlier due to concussions, and felt disgraced and embarrassed (early 90's, before CTE was a "thing" and you were considered a wussy who couldn't take a hit). Those two years coaching exorcised a lot of mental issues I had. We went something like 1-9, then 3-7 the next year, but those are some of the best football memories I have. I had "Varsity football coach" on my resume' for years.

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I had a coach once tell me that your fun is derived from winning. If you have fun while losing you have no place here.

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I was a coach long before I was a Dad, so I coached my girls when they played softball. My little leaguers went on to win a state championship when they got to high school, and few of them got scholarships, so that's pretty cool.



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 Posted: Thu Oct 18th, 2018 03:53 am
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Coincidentally, I had my "rematch" with psycho coach last night in 35 degree weather here last night. They were out for fucking blood, taking bases left and right, stealing home on dropped third strikes and throws to first, total drama bullshit. This was basically their World Series. My team was 4-1, they were 0-5. They had the lead on us 4-2 after the 2nd, 9-6 after the 3rd and 4th, and we were coming up on the 1 hr and 45 minute cutoff before the 5th, so the coach said, "last inning, right?" (we usually play six). My guys exploded with one out in the top of the 5th for five runs, all on hits. Five run rule, so we were up 11-9. Our best pitcher was on the mound and struggled in the last half with some walks (the bottom of their order was taking every pitch). We had umpire drama again when two of their runners passed each other up and the ump called it the third out. Controversy. Other coached complained. I let it go and re-played the at bat after my kids had walked off the field. More drama, 11-10, they've got the tying run on third and winning run on 2nd....

We struck their last batter out. Won the game 11-10.

I was proud that I was a total class act throughout. Took care a couple of my boys who were down on themselves.  Shook everyone's hand after the game in the lineup afterwards.  The other coach has one of those limp-wristed handshakes by the way.  I know the other dads on our side were pumped. It feels good to stick it up someone's ass by playing it straight and narrow and doing it with class.  Pretty cool that my kid had a huge base hit off of the other coach's kid on the mound.

Playoffs start this weekend.

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I don't know if I want to coach my girls when they get older (they're only 4 and 2), but I would love to teach them to be a softball pitcher. I pitch modified and can sling windmill like a fastpitch pitcher (although not well) and I would live to be able to have that bonding interest with them.

Of course, they'd have to have an interest in wanting to play first.



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